Amazon to Launch Android Tablet in August 2011

Digitimes, the premier source for all news about the rumored Amazon Android tablet, is back with another interesting piece of news.

Apparently, Amazon is working to time the launch of its Android tablet around the peak sales period before Thanksgiving in the US and year-end holidays in the US and Europe.

It will launch its Android tablet in August or September, and is estimating sales of about 4 million tablets globally in 2011, which seems to be quite a realistic estimate.

The Amazon Android tablet will be powered by processors by Texas Instruments, touch panels by Wintek, and LCD driver ICs by ILI. The tablets will be assembled by Quanta Computer.

Amazon will provide movie streaming services to its tablet users via the Amazon Prime program.

The Amazon Kindle has been a bestseller, but Amazon needs to launch a tablet soon, in order to prevent B&N from further capturing the ebook market with devices like the Nook Color. Amazon is in a very good position currently, to launch a viable competitor to the Apple iPad.

Google eBookstore Announces Affiliate Program

Last year, Google launched their eBookstore with more than 3 million eBooks available for free and for purchase. These eBooks could be downloaded by users for their eBook reader devices like Amazon Kindle, Nook, and more. In addition to that, users could also make use of a Web Reader application to read those books from any web browser.

Google eBookstore Logo

eBooks are a big business today and Amazon is one of the market leaders for eBook sales. In-fact, Amazon sold more eBooks than hard covers last year. Much of Amazon’s eBooks business rely on third party affiliates who link to Amazon from their website. This definitely helps them drive sales.

Google, who has been serious about the books offering are now taking a cue from them and launching an affiliate program for the eBooks store. Website owners in U.S. can now become Google eBooks affiliates and link to Google Books from their site and earn commission on any sales driven through them.

Google eBooks affiliates is a part of the Google Affiliate Network. Users of GAN can subscribe to the Google eBooks product feed and get access to links for Google Books. Alternatively, affiliates can also programmatically access the eBooks catalog using the Google Books APIs.

Google already has a huge base of publishers who make use of their Affiliate Network. This platform now gives them a readymade base of affiliates who can help drive the sales of Google Books even higher.

I was not able to confirm the commission amount that affiliates will receive when they sell Google Books. I will update this post once I am able to get hold of that information.

Google Chromebooks Up For Sale on Amazon and BestBuy

A few months ago, Google made a bold move to enter the Netbook market with a new web-based OS called . In the initial months, Google gave out free netbooks to few users called as Cr-48. I was one of the few lucky users to get my hands-on the Cr-48 netbook and found it pretty usable while travelling and performing tasks such as creating documents, emailing and more.

Chromebooks

Last month, Google announced retail availability of Chromebooks in partnership with Samsung and Acer at the Google I/O 2011 conference. The sales of the Chromebooks were slated to begin by June 15, and today Google has officially announced that the Chromebooks are available for sale on Amazon and BestBuy.

Chromebooks are available from two manufactures currently; Samsung and Acer. Samsung has already released their version. However, Acer is yet to make their Chromebooks available for sale.

Samsung Chromebooks are available on Amazon starting at $429.99 for the Wi-Fi version and $499.99 for the 3G version. They are available in two colors: Black and Titan Silver. Acer Chromebooks might be available later this month, however, there is no fixed date yet.

So go ahead and browse through the available selection of Chromebooks at Amazon.

AmazonLocal: Amazon Launches It’s Own Groupon Competitor

 

When Andrew Mason launched Groupon in 2008, he would never have imagined that his brand would create a   whole new industry. Even though Groupon is still the market leader, hundreds of other companies have since emerged adopting the same business model of offering local deals powered by group purchasing. This year alone, we have seen giant brands like Google and AT&T jump on the band wagon and the latest one to add to the list is Amazon.

AmazonLocal which has been launched within past few hours is Amazon’s own version of Groupon, or for that matter, LivingSocial in which Amazon invested $175 Million last year. You can choose your city to view local deals offering products and services at a discount of at least 50%, however, AmazonLocal only displays deals for Boise,ID right now and will be coming to more cities soon. Similar to other competitors, you can also subscribe to get daily deals in your inbox, see how many people have purchased a specific deal, and view/print the deals that you have already purchased. Interestingly, a little note under today’s deal says “Sold By LivingSocial”, so it is not entirely clear yet if AmazonLocal would be it’s own separate entity or just another front for selling deals that are powered by LivingSocial.

Amazon’s entry in this market increases competition several fold and it will be interesting to see if a lot of consolidation and acquisition is seen within the next few months.

 

Download PAC-MAN For Android – Free

Great deal for Android users. Amazon App Store offers a free download for the Pac-Man Android app. The offer is valid for today only and will cost $4.99 thereafter.
Pac Man Android App
In order to promote the Amazon’s Android AppStore, Amazon will be giving away free Android apps every day. So get, set and go (everyday!)

P.S. You can install an app called Amazon Free App of the Day Notifier that checks the Amazon App Store each day to find which app is available for free.

LG Revolution Now Available At Amazon For $149.99

Back in January, LG announced the Android powered LG Revolution smartphone at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This handset runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and comes with a 4.3 inch touchscreen display, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 5 megapixel camera, 32 GB expandable memory and so on.

LG Revolution is expected to get the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) update in the coming weeks. This handset is exclusively available from Verizon in the US. LG Revolution comes with a price tag of $249.99 with a 2 year service agreement. But, if you want to save a few bucks, then you can go ahead and purchase this smartphone from Amazon.

lg revolution

LG Revolution features a 4.3 inch touchscreen display, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, Virtual QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, Video telephony support, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE connectivity and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, DLNA, HDMI, MicroSD card slot, 16 GB preinstalled microSD card, 32 GB expandable memory, DIVX, Proximity sensor, Bing Search and Maps, Adobe Flash Player, Mobile Hotspot capability, Android Market and a 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery.

The Mobile Hotspot capability in LG Revolution allows the customers to share 4G LTE with up to 8 Wi-Fi-enabled devices or a 3G connection with up to 5 devices. LG Revolution is currently available at Amazon for just $149.99. To purchase this handset, head over to this page at Amazon.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Up For Pre-Order At Amazon For $99.99

Sony Ericsson announced the world’s first PlayStation certified smartphone, the Xperia Play at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it will be exclusively available on the airwaves of Verizon in the US. Xperia Play is already available for pre-order at Verizon for $199.99 with a 2 years service agreement. If you are planning to buy this handset and save a few bucks, then you can go ahead and pre-order the powerful Xperia Play from Amazon for just $99.99.

xperia play

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play comes with a 4 inch capacitive multi-touch display with 480 x 854 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7 processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, slide-out gaming keypad, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash, 400 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 8 GB microSD card included, up to 32 GB expandable memory and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, Bluetooth stereo (A2DP), PlayNow service, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Connectivity, Sony Ericsson Music player, Gesture gaming, Motion gaming, aGPS, DLNA Certified, Micro USB, Android Market, Android Cloud to Device messaging, up to 8 hrs 25 min talk-time, up to 425 hrs standby time, up to 5 hrs 35 min game play time, up to 30 hrs 35 min music playback and a 1500 mAh battery.

This handset will be released on May 26th, but if you pre-order this smartphone from Amazon, then you will have to wait for 8 to 9 days, since the phone is currently listed as backordered on Amazon. Xperia Play will ship with 7 games – Asphalt 6, Madden NFL 11, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, The Sims, Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot and Tetris. To check out this amazing deal, head over to this page at Amazon.

Amazon to Launch Quad Core Android Tablets?

One of the most pertinent rumors doing the rounds in the past month has been that Amazon is working on an Android tablet. While the Kindle 3 has been a bestseller, there is only so much that an ebook reader can do.

To compete with the Apple iPad, and other tablets, as well as the B&N Nook Color which has turned out to be a huge hit, Amazon needs a complete tablet which can offer much more than just a good reading experience.

In a recent interview, when asked about Amazon’s tablet plans, Jeff Bezos just said “Stay tuned”, indirectly confirming the existence of plans of such a tablet.

According to a report by PCMag, the Android tablet by Amazon will launch in two versions – with a 7 inch and a 10 inch display. Amazon was initially planning to go with Mirasol or Pixel Qi displays, but they will be in the market only by 2013, so the Android tablets will sport LCD displays.

Another interesting point – the report also mentions that the Amazon tablet will be powered by a quad core Nvidia Tegra 2 chip. It will probably run Android 2.3 Gingerbread or Android 3.1 Honeycomb as the OS.

The iPad 2 still doesn’t have any serious competition. The Amazon tablet, with its other offerings, like video on demand, the Kindle app, and the Amazon App Store could turn out to be the best alternative to the iPad. As Bezos said, stay tuned.

Lady Gaga’s New Album Born This Way Sells For $0.99 On Amazon

Amazon’s deal of the day, Lady Gaga’s brand-new album “Born this way” is available for digital download for just $0.99. Amazon is also offering 20GB of Cloud Drive storage for free with the album. The deal offers 14 songs and a digital booklet.

Born This Way - Lady Gaga

Track List:

  1. Marry the Night
  2. Born This Way
  3. Government Hooker (Censored)
  4. Judas
  5. Americano
  6. Hair
  7. Scheiße” (Uncensored)
  8. Bloody Mary
  9. Bad Kids” (Censored)
  10. Highway Unicorn (Road to Love)
  11. Heavy Metal Lover
  12. Electric Chapel
  13. You and I
  14. The Edge of Glory

Amazon tweeted, “We’re currently experiencing very high volume. If you order today, you will get the full @ladygaga album for $.99. Thanks for your patience.”

The album is available on Apple iTunes for $11.99

8 Things You Need To Know About Google Chromebook

The much awaited laptop powered by Google Chrome (a cloud-based operating system) is all set for launch on June 15.

Here are few things that you need to about the all new Chromebook.

Chromebook

How does it work?

The Chromrebook should always be connected to the Internet in order to make use of its functionalities. In other words, everything will be on cloud and you’ll need Internet to access all of the apps, documents, photos, movies etc. Installing software or updating them, making backup of files or running anti-virus checks and all other PC related tasks will be eliminated as everything will be done over the cloud.

Who will release the laptops?

Google has tied up with Samsung and Acer which will release laptops powered with Chrome OS.

The Samsung device will come with 12.1-inch screen with an 8-hour battery life and will retail for $429 (Wi-Fi enabled) and $499 (3G enabled laptop), while Acer’s device will be an 11.6-inch display and a 6.5-hour battery life. Acer’s notebook will start at $349 and up.

No storage

Since Chromebook is Internet based, all of the files and folders will be stored on the cloud. The laptops will be highly integrated with cloud services and there will be no storage space available. However, the laptop will have slots to plug in other storages devices.

Boot-up Time?

According to Google, Chromebooks will boot in about less than eight seconds. Once it is up and running it’ll check for any updates and will reboot up with the latest version.

Offilne mode?

Yes, you can work with your Chromebook if you’re not connected to the Internet. You can access Google Docs, Google Calendar and Gmail accounts without an Internet connection. (However, you won’t be updated with new notifications/mail if you’re not connected to the Internet)

Security

Chromebooks uses the principle of “defense in depth” to provide multiple layers of protection, so if any one layer is bypassed, others are still in effect. Your files and folders will be protected and will be kept safe.

Availability

Chromebooks will be available for sale from June 15.

Laptop Specs

Acer Specifications:
11.6″ HD Widescreen CineCrystalTM LED-backlit LCD
2.95 lbs. | 1.34 kg.
6 hours of continuous usage 1
Intel ® AtomTM Dual-Core Processor
Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G (optional)
HD Webcam with noise cancelling microphone
High-Definition Audio Support
2 USB 2.0 ports
4-in-1 memory card slot
HDMI port
Fullsize Chrome keyboard

Samsung Specifications:
12.1″ (1280×800) 300 nit Display
3.26 lbs / 1.48 kg
8.5 hours of continuous usage 1
Intel ® AtomTM Dual-Core Processor
Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and World-mode 3G (optional)
HD Webcam with noise cancelling microphone
2 USB 2.0 ports
4-in-1 memory card slot
Mini-VGA port
Fullsize Chrome keyboard
Oversize fully-clickable trackpad
Oversize fully-clickable trackpad

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